Gilby Clarke Guitar
Gilby Clarke Gear
Gilby Clarke Gibson
Whilst Gilby Clarke only enjoyed a brief stint playing guitar for the most dangerous band in the world, legendary LA rockers, Guns N Roses, during the Use Your Illusion era (91-94), he also shred some riffs on a solo project Slash put together in 1994 called Slash's Snakepit. After the demise of GNR, Slash’s Snakepit seemed like the perfect opportunity to continue the rock and roll debauchery.
You can certainly imagine, back in the 70s and 80s, when online shopping didn’t exist, nor the internet for that matter, selling goods such as guitars would either have you taking a walk to a pawn shop, or selling it to a local kid at the gas station.
“He pulls it out of the case...not only is it a Gibson but it’s a Gibson Les Paul, a black Les Paul, just like Peter Framptons, I picked it up and I started playing it and the first thing I noticed was the neck just fit me perfect. It was a little bit heavy because it was a late 70s one but the neck was just perfect”
Gibson Les Pauls are well known for being a heavy guitar due to the fact the body is made from Mahogany, one of the densest woods in the United States, a wood that will sink in water. Les Paul claims the Mahogany body gives a Gibson Guitar an “enhanced warmth and resonance” that also provides “superb punch and sustain”. However, many guitar players opt for an Epiphone Les Paul that uses a lighter wood and usually offer a thinner neck in many cases.
“At that point early in my life, in my career, ya know I didn’t really ever have a guitar that felt that well.”
Funnily enough, Gilby Clarke released his first solo record in 1994 called, Pawnshop Guitars, which is where his own Les Paul could have come from, or even ended up.
Since GNR, Gilby has produced records for L.A. Guns, Bullets and Octane, The Bronx, and also played a part in producing The Spaghetti Incident. The Infamous “final” album released by Guns N Roses in 1993, comprised of covers.
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